Just Hit 80 - Gerpz's Guide to Preparing for Endgame Content

Gerpz's picture

Have you just hit level 80 or are close and don't know what to do to prepare for end-game content? Follow this guide to become familiar with preparing for the endgame content.


Addons

Deadly Boss Mods - http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/deadly-boss-mods.aspx

- This addon is mostly self explanatory once you load it. It pretty much tells you what is going on in a fight and what to do. This is only a basic outline of the fight so be sure to still read up before the attempt.

GearScore - http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/gearscore.aspx

- This is a great addon to decide who to invite to a raid group and who not to. If you have been in a major city in the past month you have most likely heard this addon's name more than once. When you hover your mouse over a character in the little screen (bottom right corner) should be their name and below that their gearscore. This addon uses the average item level of your gear to give an estimate of how good your gear is. WARNING - Do not base what gear you wear and what gear you don't wear just to improve your gearscore. This will result in terribad performance and most likely a raid boot.

Tanks and Healers - Other than the addons above you will most likely need some others because you take on such an important role in any raid or dungeon.


Helpful Websites

Bosskillers - http://bosskillers.com/

- This site gives videos and explanations on what your role in the fight is so you don't screw things up Smiling.

Wow-pro - http://wow-pro.com/class_guides

- This website has many guides for specific classes and roles that you can find in the Class Guides section of the site.

Maxdps - http://www.maxdps.com

- This website is great for finding out what better gear you can get from what instances and/or what raids are available to your gear and experience.

Wow-heroes - http://www.wow-heroes.com

- Similar to the gearscore addon this website gives you a score based on the value of your gear. However, many raid organizers prefer this to the gearscore addon because of the fact that this site adds in a value for enchants and gems that are put into your gear.

WoW Forums - http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com/Forums.com

- Though this may seem obvious, this is a great place to get information on your class. I do not recommend going to the Class Roles forums section just because it is not specific to your class. Whenever you are having problems with your dps or deciding on a spec visit here and you'll be sure to find an answer.

Tankspot - http://www.Tankspot.com

- Like the World of Warcraft forums. This place has great info not only for tanking but for all roles and/or classes of the game.


A Good Guild

Whether you are looking to PvP or PvE you will most likely do much better with a guild. I would not recommend looking in trade chat for a guild unless they ask for an application. I prefer going to the WoW Forums which were mentioned above and, looking in your realm's forum NOT the Guild Recruitment forum.


Getting Geared

When you have first gotten to level 80 you are going to want to run heroics until you can't stand it anymore.... and then run a ton more. Running heroics is your key to getting geared for raids like ICC and RS. You should always enchant and gem your gear before you use it as this will improve your role greatly. I will not go into what gear you should be purchasing with your newly earned emblems but you should be able to find that kind of info in the forums I listed above.


Thank you as this is my first guide that I have written. Please feel free to flame and leave comments on how to improve my guide to best fit the reader.

Thanks,
Gerpz

Comments

Jiyambi's picture

Hi Gerpz! First of all,

Hi Gerpz!

First of all, thank you for writing this guide. It's a great first guide but like all first attempts, it has room for improvement Smiling Despite it's shortness, you get your point across clearly and the formatting is good. So great job!

However, I definitely have some suggestions that you can use to improve the guide further.

First of all, please move DBM to the FIRST addon recommended - it's by far the most important Smiling

Secondly, Gearscore. How I love and hate thee. You contradict yourself a little bit here saying "this addon calculates how good your gear is - but don't gear to increase your gearscore!". More accurately, you can say, this addon uses the average item level of your gear to give an ESTIMATE of how good your gear is. You might want to mention a few of gearscore's little known features as well - they've done a great job lately of trying to make it a lot more like Elitistgroup. If you don't know what I mean, try targeting someone and typing /gs. You'll see a very nice summary of their gear and it will let you know if the gear they are wearing is wrong for their spec (such as a DPS warrior in tank gear, or with bad enchants or gems, etc.).

Thirdly - linking to forums instead of guides on the WoW-Pro site is not really optimal. It can be hard to find quality guides in the forums. Instead, I would go through the class guides here on WoW-Pro and find the ones you think are the most helpful, and link them from your guide. If there isn't a guide for a specific class or spec, THEN direct them to the general forums. If possible, find an actual guide for the class/spec on the forums and link the actual forum post rather than just telling people to find it themselves.

I think you could add more detail to the guild recruitment and gearing section, but they are okay as is Eye

Like I said, it's a very good start with excellent writing and formatting, I look forward to seeing what you do in the future!

Brune's picture

Totally agree with the

Totally agree with the comments on Gearscore. I only really raid with my guild, so it's pretty useless to me but I can understand how it's generally useful in some respect for pugs.

Alternatives to DBM should probably be offered, such as Deus Vox Encounters (DVE). Also mention that to get the full use out of DBM, you really need to go through and tick off the timer bars that you won't need for the fights, as this really adds a TON of clutter to your raid screen that you don't need. You'll need different ones depending on role.

Actually... That sounds like it would be a useful guide, which roles need which timers for which fights.

Anyway, spellcheck time!

"have most likely heard this addons name" addon's

"gear you wear and what gear you don't where" gear you don't wear

"Other than the addons above you will most likely need some others because you take on such an important role in any raid or dungeon[Full stop here!] Please consult the forums on some of the websites listed below. "

"- This website is great for finding out what better gear you can get with what instances and/or raids are available to your gear and experience." - This website is great for finding out what better gear you can get from what instances and/or what raids are available to your gear and experience.

"However[Comma or semicolon here!] many raid organizers prefer this to the gearscore addon because of the fact that this site adds in a value for enchants and gems that are put into your gear."

"Weather you are looking to PvP or PvE you will most likely do much better with a guild. I would not recommend looking in trade chat for a guild unless they ask for an application. I prefer going to the WoW Forums which were mentioned above and, looking in your realms forums NOT the Guild Recruitment forums." Whether you are looking to PvP... looking in your realm's forum, NOT

Pretty good guide all round

Jiyambi's picture

Ooo I just thought of

Ooo I just thought of another type of link you might want to add - a link to boss strategy websites such as Bosskillers, WoWWiki or WoWhead (the last two have much more than boss strategies as well!). This is of course more relevant to PvE players.